December 2011 Issue • Volume 39 • Issue 9

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Call for Papers


2nd Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC2), September 21-24, 2012, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. Theme: “Africa’s Many Divides and Africa’s Future.” Keenly aware of Africa’s many artificial divides, Nkrumah was determined to lead a revolution that would bridge those divides. Abstracts of approximately 250 words for papers of 20-minute duration and suggestions of panels consisting of three panelists each are welcome and should be e-mailed, with a short bio, contact address, and one to three keywords related to the area of research to Charles Quist-Adade. Deadline: December 15, 2011. Contact: Charles Quist-Adade, Department of Sociology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia, Canada; (604) 599-3075;;

Global Awareness Society International’s (GASI) 21st International Interdisciplinary Conference, May 24-27, 2012, New York, NY, Hilton Times Square Hotel. Theme: “Global City, Global Cultures, Global Awareness.” Papers from all disciplines are invited for presentation. The central focus of the conference will address how globalization impacts various peoples and geographic regions of the world. Contributed papers are normally presented with a 15-minute time limit in a session with 3-5 other papers in a related thread. Sessions are allotted a 75-minute period. Deadline: March 30, 2012. Contact: George Agbango, GASI’s President, at or Jay Nathan, Program Chair, at For more information, visit

The Henry Kaufman Conference on Religious Traditions and Business Behavior, Spring 2013, College Park, MD. This conference explores two central questions in the relationship between the world’s major religious traditions and the business behavior of adherents to those traditions. First, what do the world’s major organized religious traditions proscribe about business and financial ethics and behavior? Second, how and why have business and financial actors seriously compromised the leading religious traditions of their cultures? Authors are invited to submit papers related to these questions. Deadline: February 1, 2012. Contact: Michelle Lui, (301) 405-0400; or David Sicilia, (301) 405-7778;;

The Mutual Challenges of the Neurosciences and Public Health, April 25-27, 2012, London. For the past five years, the European Neuroscience and Society Network (ENSN) has been the leading international network for the social, legal and ethical study of new advances in the neurosciences. Funded by the European Science Foundation from 2007-2012, the network has sponsored dozens of workshops, conferences, and neuroschools, bringing together prominent and early career scholars to discuss how new discoveries in the neurosciences are reshaping ideas of justice, governance, mental health, and self and society. In April 2012, the ENSN will convene in London for a final international conference on the mutual challenges of the neurosciences and public health. The organizing committee invites participants to submit original paper contributions for presentation at the meeting. Junior and senior researchers are encouraged to address all aspects of the relations between neuroscience and public health, and to approach these from a variety of approaches. Deadline: December 16, 2011. Contact:

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January 8-10, 2012. 2012 Applied Demography Conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX. Contact: Patricia Bramwell, (210) 458-6530; For more information, visit

February 23-26, 2012. Eastern Sociological Society 2012 Annual Meeting, Millennium Broadway Hotel, New York, NY. Theme: “Storied Lives: Culture, Structure, and Narrative.” For more information, visit

March 29-April 1, 2012. Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN. Theme: “Sociological Understandings of the Global Transformation.” Contact:  Linda Lindsey and Priya Dua at;

April 25-27, 2012. The Mutual Challenges of the Neurosciences and Public Health, London. Contact:

May 15-16, 2012. Income, Inequality, and Educational Success: New Evidence about Socioeconomic Status and Educational Outcomes, Stanford University. For more information, visit

May 21-22, 2012. Living Together ‘in’ Diversity. National Societies in the Multicultural Age, Central European University, Budapest. Contact: Marco Antonsich, Central European University, +36-1-327-3017; fax +36-1-327-3243;; or Tatiana Matejskova, Central European University, +36-1-327-3000/2327; fax +36-1-328-3501;

May 24-27, 2012. Global Awareness Society International’s 21st International Interdisciplinary Conference, New York, NY, Hilton Times Square Hotel. Theme: “Global City, Global Cultures, Global Awareness.” Contact: George Agbango, GASI’s President, or Jay Nathan, Program Chair, at For more information, visit

May 30-June 1, 2012. Justice Studies Association (JSA) 14th Annual Conference, Loyola University Chicago-Lake Shore Campus. Theme: “Justice and Work.” Contact: Dan Okada at
August 1-4, 2012. ISA Thematic Group on Institutional Ethnography, Buenos Aires, Argentina. For more information, visit

August 1-4, 2012. RC 31 Sociology of Migration Session N, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Theme: “Migrating Out of the Home and Into the Gendered and Racialized Globalized Market of Household Labor.” For more information, visit

September 21-24, 2012. 2nd Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC2), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. Theme: “Africa’s Many Divides and Africa’s Future.” Contact: Charles Quist-Adade, Department of Sociology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia, Canada; (604) 599-3075;;

October 19-20, 2012. Minorities in Islam/Muslims as Minorities, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. For more information, visit

April 11-14, 2013. 2013 Organization of American Historians (OAH) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Theme: “Entangled Histories: Connections, Crossings, and Constraints in U.S. History.” For more information, visit

Spring 2013. The Henry Kaufman Conference on Religious Traditions and Business Behavior, College Park, MD. Contact: Michelle Lui, (301) 405-0400; or David Sicilia, (301) 405-7778;;

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Cyberlearning: Transforming Education program. The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to integrate advances in technology with advances in what is known about how people learn in order to better understand how people learn with technology. Cyberlearning will explore how technology can be used productively to help people learn, through individual use and/or through collaborations mediated by technology; better use technology for collecting, analyzing, sharing, and managing data to shed light on learning, promoting learning, and designing learning environments; and design new technologies for these purposes, and advance understanding of how to use these technologies and integrate them into learning environments so that their potential is fulfilled. It is expected that Cyberlearning research will shed light on how technology can enable new forms of educational practice and that broad implementation of its findings will result in a more actively-engaged and productive citizenry and workforce. Cyberlearning awards will be made in three research categories, each focusing on a different stage of research and development: Exploratory, Design and Implementation, and Integration and Deployment. The Cyberlearning program will also support small Capacity-Building Projects and a Cyberlearning Resource Center. For more information, visit

The Ford Foundation announces a request for proposals as part of its Sexuality Research Initiative entitled “Sexuality, Health and Rights Among Youth in the United States: Transforming Public Policy and Public Understanding Through Social Science Research.” The initiative includes support for innovative studies combining rigorous social science research, graduate student training, and strategic communications to inform public policy and/or public understanding. We will be hosting two informational webinars to clarify the goals and parameters initiative, but will not be addressing any specific research proposals. If you would like an invitation to the informational webinars, provide your contact information via the following link: The webinar invitation will contain further details concerning dates, times, and registration process. Deadline: January 6, 2012. Contact: For more information, visit

Oregon State University’s Center for Healthy Aging Research has been awarded the first Interdisciplinary Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) grant with interdisciplinary training in aging sciences as the thematic focus. This program is designed to address key themes in the field of aging research: 1) understanding mechanisms of aging from molecular to societal levels and 2) engineering social and built environments to optimize aging. Students will participate in research training in two out of four research cores established in the Oregon State University Center for Healthy Aging Research: Diet and Genetic Factors; Musculoskeletal Factors; Psychosocial Factors; and Gerontechnology. Students receive primary training in one of the research cores and participate in a research apprenticeship in a supplemental core.  Problem-based learning is an integral part of our IGERT program. Applicants enroll in a doctoral program at the Oregon State University. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. All IGERT students will receive NSF stipends of $30,000 per year along with tuition support, health insurance, and funds for research and travel. Contact: Anne Hatley, Program Coordinator, at For more information, visit

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The Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program will offer up to three pre-doctoral fellowships for the 2012-2013 academic year. The CCAPS fellowship program aims to stimulate the development of the next generation of researchers and thought leaders on the topic of climate change and political stability in Africa. Fellowships are available to advanced PhD students, with preference given to those who have made substantial progress toward the completion of their dissertation. CCAPS will consider applicants working on a broad range of topics related to climate change, political stability, and security in Africa. Contact: Dominique Thuot, (512) 471-7307. For more information, visit

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Dissertation Fellowship. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation assists high-achieving, low-income students, from middle school to graduate school, in reaching their full potential through education. We have created the dissertation fellowships for doctoral candidates who are researching the population of students we serve in order to advance our understanding of the factors and contexts that help low-income students to overcome personal adversity and challenging socioeconomic circumstances to excel academically. Applicants must be candidates for a doctoral degree at a graduate school in the United States but need not be U.S. citizens. Applicants’ graduate study may be in a diverse range of academic disciplines, but their topic must be tied to the educational experiences of low-income, high-achieving students. Deadline: February 3, 2012. For more information, visit

The National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI) is proud to announce the 2011-12 Research Fellowship program. Annual fellowships are available to support research on direct instruction and promote the development of emerging scholars in the field of education. Master’s, doctoral, and post-doctoral students are welcome to apply. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. NIFDI is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing superior training and support for direct instruction implementations. Contact: (877) 485-1973; For more information, visit

Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations offers fellowships for the 2012-2013 academic year to study employee stock ownership, profit sharing, broad-based stock options, and broadened ownership of capital and economic democracy in the corporation/society. There are 10-15 $25,000 and $12,500 fellowships available to doctoral candidates, recent PhD graduates, and pre- and post-tenure scholars in the social sciences. Fellows may be in residence at their own university or visit Rutgers. Deadline: January 31, 2012. Contact: Joseph Blasi at For more information, visit

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Fellowships in Public Policy. Policy fellowships with the Society for Research in Child Development will be available for 2012-2013. We are seeking applicants at all career stages from all disciplines related to child development. SRCD Policy Fellows, in both Congressional and Executive Branch placements, work as resident scholars at the interface of science and policy. The goals of these fellowships are: 1) to contribute to the effective use of scientific knowledge in developing public policy, 2) to educate the scientific community about the formation of public policy, and 3) to establish a more effective liaison between developmental scientists and the federal policymaking mechanisms. SRCD Fellows participate with other scientific societies in the fellowship programs of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Deadline: December 15, 2011.  For more information, visit

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In the News

Bonnie Berry, Social Problems Research Group, and Katherine Jones, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, were quoted in a November 7 article in the University of Notre Dame’s Blue and Gold Illustrated about body art among sport figures. The article also mentions Miliann Kang, University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Joel Best, University of Delaware, was quoted in an October 29 Miller-McCune article about his research on Halloween sadism. He was also quoted in a October 31 USA Today article and in October 31 post on the Wall Street Journal’s “Ideas Market” blog about his research.

Matthew Brashears, Cornell University, was quoted in a November 8 article, “More Facebook Friends, Fewer Real Ones, Says Cornell Study.”

Erin Cech, Stanford University, was quoted in an October 25 article about her American Sociological Review study, which found that women aren’t becoming engineers because of confidence issues. The study, which Cech coauthored with Brian Rubineau, Cornell University, Susan Silbey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Carroll Seron, University of California-Irvine, was the subject of articles in a number of other media outlets including the Chronicle of Higher Education on October 25, Inside Higher Ed on October 26, and California Watch on October 28.

G. Reginald Daniel, University of California-Santa Barbara, Roderick Harrison, Howard University, and John Logan, Brown University, were quoted in an October 29 Washington Post article, “Census: The New U.S. Neighborhood Defined by Diversity as All-White Enclaves Vanish.”

William D’Antonio, Catholic University, and Michele Dillon, University of New Hampshire, were mentioned in an October 26 Post-Tribune article, “Survey: Catholic Identity Changing.” Their research results were the cover article in the October 24 Catholics in America. D’antonio wrote the article.

Peter Dreier, Occidental College, wrote a July 20 op-ed in the Los Angeles Times about the exclusion of Marvin Miller, the first executive director of the baseball players union, from the Baseball Hall of Fame. He also wrote articles on various topics including the Occupy movement for The Huffington Post on August 9, September 6, September 20, September 28, October 3, and October 7, and for The Nation on October 24. Additionally, Dreier was quoted in an October 3 Washington Post article about the Occupy movement, in an October 10 New York Times article about the controversy surrounding a proposed “living wage” law in New York City, and in a variety of other media outlets. 

Riley Dunlap, Oklahoma State University, was interviewed on October 10 on NPR’s “Marketplace” about how Americans are thinking about environmental issues in the current economic situation.

Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University, wrote a November 4 column on about medical care for the elderly and a November 7 column on about whether GPS should be fair game in police probes.

Robert Faris, University of California-Irvine, was mentioned in an October 14 post on the New York Times “Motherlode” blog about his recent bullying research in conjunction with CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.

Cynthia Feliciano, University of California-Irvine, Dan Lichter, Cornell University, Michael Rosenfeld, Stanford University, Reuben Thomas, The City College of New York, and Ruth Zambrana, University of Maryland, were quoted in a November 7 USA Today article about how interracial marriages are becoming more common and more accepted. The article also appeared in the Tucson Citizen on November 7.

Heather Gautney, Fordham University, wrote an October 10 op-ed in the Washington Post, “What is Occupy Wall Street? The History of Leaderless Movements.” She has also been interviewed for stories in a number of other media outlets about the Occupy movement including the Christian Science Monitor, the Christian Post, and the International Business Times on October 4, NBC New York Nonstop and ABC World News with Diane Sawyer on October 6, the Associated Press on October 8, and CNN on October 9.

Barry Glassner, Lewis & Clark College, was quoted in a November 2 Chicago Tribune article about overeating and portion control. The article also appeared in the Baltimore Sun on November 2.

Scott A. Golder, Cornell University, was quoted and Michael W. Macy, Cornell University, was mentioned in a September 30 New York Times article about their study on the daily mood rhythms in the average person based on an analysis of Twitter posts. A number of other media outlets mentioned the study, including ABC News, NBC News, MSNBC Midday News, Al Jazeera English, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” BBC Radio, CBS News Radio, CBC Radio, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe,, the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, WebMD, and the Huffington Post.

Michael Hechter, Arizona State University, was quoted in an October 2 Boston Globe article on nation building.

Derek Kreager, Pennsylvania State University, and Dana L. Haynie, Ohio State University, were mentioned in a September 30 Los Angeles Times article about their study, which found that adolescents are particularly susceptible to the drinking habits of their romantic partner’s friends. A number of other media outlets mentioned the study, including and Yahoo!News on September 28, on September 29, the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune, the Orlando Sentinel, and Science News on September 30.

Karyn Lacy, University of Michigan, Bart Landry, University of Maryland, and John Logan, Brown University, were quoted in an October 30 Washington Post article, “Prince George’s County: Growing, and Growing More Segregated, Census Shows.”

John Logan, Brown University, was featured in an October 31 Washington Post live Q&A forum about the decline of all-white neighborhoods as seen in the most recent census report.

Michael Messner, University of Southern California, was the subject of an October 31 Huffington Post Q&A interview related to his new book, King of the Wild Suburb: A Memoir Of Fathers, Sons and Guns.

H. Wesley Perkins and David Craig, both of Hobart and William Smith, and Jessica Perkins, Harvard University, had their research highlighted in an October 28 Huffington Post column, “Exaggerating Bullying Could Increase Bullying,” which describes their study of how bullying, though a significant problem, is often erroneously perceived as the norm among peers in middle schools, and how an intervention to reduce these misperceptions produced the intended reduction in actual bullying.

Francesca Polletta, University of California-Irvine, was quoted in a November 7 article, “‘Occupied’ Cities Becoming a Big Problem For Mayors.”

Brian Powell, Indiana University, was quoted in a November 2 article, “Most Modern Wives Still Take Husband’s Name.”

Harriet Presser, University of Maryland, was quoted in an October 11 Miami Herald article, “Shift Workers Face a Host of Challenges.”

Chris Rhomberg, Fordham University, was quoted in an October 22 E-Commerce Times article about a joint demonstration in New York City by Occupy Wall Street protestors with unionized workers at Verizon. He was also quoted in a November 2 Bay Citizen article and a November 3 Christian Science Monitor article on the November 2 strike by Occupy Oakland.

Mary Romero, Arizona State University, was interviewed in or quoted in a number of media outlets about her new book, The Maid’s Daughter, Living Inside and Outside the American Dream. They include the Detroit Free Press on August 8, the Pat Morrison Show, KPCC, California Public Radio on August 18, Think, KERA, Dallas on September 1, The Brian Lehrer Show on September 22, and the Los Angeles Times on November 4.

Ross M. Stolzenberg, University of Chicago, was mentioned in a November 7 post, “Retirement Kills, at Least for Supreme Court Justices,” on theWall Street Journal’s “Ideas Market” blog.

William Julius Wilson, Harvard University, was mentioned in a November 4 New York Times article, “Study Finds Big Spike in Poorest in the U.S.”

Geoffrey Wodtke, University of Michigan, was quoted and David Harding, University of Michigan, and Felix Elwert, University of Wisconsin-Madison, were mentioned in an October 20 Miller-McCune article about their American Sociological Review study, which found that growing up in a poor neighborhood significantly reduces the chances that a child will graduate from high school. They were also mentioned in an October 5 post on the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s “Get Schooled” blog about their study.

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Jessie Daniels and Martha Crum, both of CUNY-Graduate Center, Megha Ramaswamy, University of Kansas-Medical Center, and Nicholas Freudenberg, CUNY-Graduate Center, received the Sarah Mazelis Best Paper of the Year Award for their paper, “Creating REAL MEN: Description of an Intervention to Reduce Drug Use, HIV Risk and Rearrest among Young Men Returning to Urban Communities from Jail,” which appeared in the journal Health Promotion Practice.

Gerald Klonglan, Iowa State University, received the Alumni Service Award, a prestigious award given to alumni by the Iowa State University Alumni Association.

Thomas F. Pettigrew, University of California-Santa Cruz, will receive the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s new Career Achievement Award in January 2012. 

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University and London School of Economics, has been named as the American Association of Geographers 2012 Honorary Geographer.

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Enid Logan was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota.

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Davita Silfen Glasberg, University of Connecticut, has been named President of the U.S. chapter of Sociologists without Borders (Sociologos Sin Fronteras), 2011-2012.

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New Books

Elijah Anderson, Yale University, The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life (W.W. Norton & Company, 2011).

William T. Armaline, San Jose State University, and Davita Silfen Glasberg and Bandana Purkayastha, both of the University of Connecticut, Eds., Human Rights in Our Own Back Yard: Injustice and Resistance in the United States (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011).

Maureen T. Hallinan, University of Notre Dame, Frontiers in Sociology of Education (Frontiers in Sociology and Social Research) (Springer, 2011).

Enid Logan, University of Minnesota, At This Defining Moment: Barack Obama’s Presidential Candidacy and the New Politics of Race (New York University Press, 2011).

Mary Romero, Arizona State Univerisy, The Maid’s Daughter, Living Inside and Outside the American Dream (New York University Press, 2011).

Christian Smith, Kari Christoffersen, and Hilary Davidson, all University of Notre Dame, and Patricia Snell Herzog, Rice University, Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Ronald Weitzer, George Washington University, Legalizing Prostitution: From Illicit Vice to Lawful Business (New York Universiy Press, 2011).

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Caught in the web

The Integrated Health Interview Series (IHIS) at now includes 12,000 health-related variables for 1963-2010. The IHIS is a consistently-coded version of nationally representative data from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey and is available for free online. Along with socioeconomic and demographic variables, IHIS includes data on a wide range of physical and mental health conditions, health behaviors (including alcohol and tobacco use), health care use and access, and activity limitations for the non-institutionalized U.S. population (children and adults). Researchers can analyze these data using an online tabulator or make a customized data extract with years and variables needed for their research project and analyze the data using a statistical package. For more information, visit

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Summer Programs

Crime and Justice Summer Research Institute: Broadening Perspectives and Participation. July 9-27, 2012. The institute is designed to help promote the academic success of faculty from underrepresented groups and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Criminal Justice Research Center at Ohio State University. Participants will be provided with necessary resources for completing research that is already ongoing and will work with senior faculty mentors in their areas of study. There will be opportunities for networking with other junior and senior scholars. Research and professional development workshops will address topics related to publishing, professionalization, and career planning. The institute will culminate in a research symposium where participants present their completed research before a scholarly audience. Expenses for travel to Ohio, living, and local transportation will be provided. Deadline: February 10, 2012. Contact: Amanda Kennedy at For more information, visit

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